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TV makers are constantly crowing about the tricks their smart TVs can do. But one of the most popular brands has a feature that it’s not advertising: Vizio’s Smart TVs track your viewing habits and share it with advertisers, who can then find you on your phone and other devices. Read more»

“It’s the most perfect feeling in the world to know you’ve hit a guy just right, that you’ve maximized the physical pain he can feel . . . . You feel the life just go out of him.” No, these aren’t the words of a hit man or a serial killer. This celebration of savagery was offered by former NFL star Michael Strahan, now a TV commentator known for his smiling, affable ways. Read more» 1

There is one surveillance camera for every 14 people in Britain. In the US, 68 percent of Americans believe current laws don't protect their online privacy. This is 2014, not 1984, right? Read more»

Lori Hunt and Roberto Guajardo in 'The Letters.'

The play examines the issues of a culture built on fear and deception, through a two-person power struggle fraught with suspicion, manipulation and intrigue. The taut psychological drama owes much to “1984,” George Orwell’s dystopian novel, as well as to the Soviet era that provides the play’s setting. Read more»